In International Aid under the Microscope: European Union Project Cycle Management in Jamaica, Shinique Walters critically analyses the discourse surrounding the European Union’s project management guidelines and their role in the development, conceptualization, management and implementation of social development projects administered in Jamaica. Walters looks at the communities engaged under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund Poverty Reduction Programme II and explores the role of the European Union and its impact on aid dependency as well as the role of environmental and social factors in achieving project success. She determines that leadership, capacity building, and individual and community development are important approaches that need to be examined to encourage development and must be seen as a part of the development script. Moreover, it is the responsibility of donors to ensure that they provide the necessary tools and support to build capacity.
This work will be of interest to academics, public-policy practitioners, development specialists, and government and non-governmental agencies involved with community-based interventions and social development.
List of Figures / viii
List of Abbreviations / ix
1. Aid in Context / 1
2. A Critique of Development / 16
3. The EU Project Management Discourses for Development / 24
4. The Myth of Development: Project Outcome and Impact / 63
5. The North versus South Dialogue of the South Regaining Its Power / 103
References / 127
Index / 139
Shinique Walters is Lecturer in the Department of Government and Research Fellow at the Centre for Leadership and Government, the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.